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Alabama

  • Final Rule Alabama State Implementation Plan Revisions CSAPR  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP), regarding the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) regulations. This final rule approves two SIP revisions: 1) adds the term “Group 2” »

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Arizona

  • Maricopa County Proposed Updates to Surface Coating Operation Regulations (Rule 336)  - 

    The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) proposed revisions to Rule 336 regarding Surface Coating Operations. Specifically, MCAQD is proposing to lower Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) limits for three types of coatings based on EPA »

  • EPA Approves Arizona State Plan for Implementing NSPS Cf  - 

    On July 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took final action to approve the Arizona state plan for the regulation of landfill gas and its components, including methane, from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The final »

  • EPA Proposes to Retain Existing NAAQS for Ozone  - 

    On July 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to retain, without changes, the current 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. EPA stated that between 2017 and 2019, ozone concentrations fell four percent »

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Arkansas

  • Emissions Control Equipment Voluntary Monitoring Considerations  - 

    In the air permitting world, some facilities have emissions control equipment, such as fabric filters, scrubbers, and oxidizers. Federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) »

  • Who Do I Send My Air Permit Reports To?  - 

    It can be confusing to determine where to send the compliance reports required by your air permit. Are they submitted to ADEQ, or EPA, or both? The table below will help clarify the situation for NSPS, NESHAP, and Title V ACC and SAM reports. Most »

  • Upcoming Change for Title V ACC and SAM Reports Electronic Submissions to ADEQ  - 

    ADEQ recently announced that starting January 1, 2020, the Title V Annual Compliance Certification (ACC) reports and the Semi-Annual Monitoring (SAM) reports will no longer be accepted by emailing Air Submission at airsubmission@adeq.state.ar.us. To »

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California

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Colorado

  • New Proposed Regulation 23 Regional Haze Limits  - 

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) proposed to revise Regulation 3 Stationary Source Permitting and Air Pollutant Emission Notice Requirements by removing the regional haze language from Part F. Regional haze would be »

  • Exemption Revoked, New General Construction Permit for Routine O&G Venting Emissions  - 

    The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division (the Division) has proposed to create a new General Construction Permit 11 (GP11) as part of their ongoing efforts to clarify the updated Regulation 3. Effective February 14, 2020, both the Air Quality »

  • Finalized Regulation 84 Now Includes Oil and Gas Operations  - 

    On August 10, the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) adopted the proposed revisions to the Reclaimed Water Control Regulation, Regulation 84 to include Oil and Gas Operations as an approved use under Categories 2 and 3. These changes »

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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Georgia

  • Proposed Amendments to Permit Fees  - 

    The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is proposing amendments to Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.03(9), “Permit Fees,” to add a new annual maintenance fee for Title V sources, specify the dollar-per-ton rate for annual emission fees, and »

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

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Iowa

  • Updated IDNR COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Protocol  - 

    The IDNR's COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Protocol is in effect through June 30, 2020 at which point normal operations will resume. Please refer to the most recent Compliance and Enforcement Protocol and website for more information.Office »

  • Updated Air Dispersion Modeling Guidance  - 

    IDNR issued updated air dispersion modeling guidance documents on June 5, 2020 for both PSD and non-PSD projects. The notable updates are summarized below.Non-PSD Guidance DocumentConstruction permit application Form MD is now an optional form but »

  • Iowa COVID 19 Environmental Compliance Updates  - 

    Updated IDNR COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance ProtocolIDNR has issued an updated compliance and enforcement protocol in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic on April 9, 2020 with the following additions from the previous document:Air Quality »

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Kansas

  • KDHE Issues Draft 5-Year Ambient Air Monitoring Network Assessment  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) published the draft 5-Year Ambient Air Monitoring Network Assessment and the associated Public Notice on July 24, 2020. EPA requires KDHE to conduct monitoring network assessments every five »

  • KDHE Updates Air Quality Performance Testing Guidance  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) updated their Air Quality Performance Testing Guidance on July 29, 2020 (previously dated December 22, 2004). The new guidance almost doubled in length, representing a significant overhaul. New »

  • KDHE Updates UST Compliance Forms  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) updated several Underground Storage Tank (UST) compliance forms. Facilities that rely on these compliance forms for their regulated underground storage tanks are encouraged to start using the »

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

  • LDEQ Finalizes Regulatory Permit for Turbines  - 

    On April 20, 2020, the LDEQ promulgated AQ385: Regulatory Permit for Stationary Combustion Turbines. This Louisiana Administrative Code Title 33 Part III (LAC 33:III) Chapter 3 regulatory permit authorizes the construction and use of stationary »

  • LDEQ Proposes Revisions to the Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Regulations  - 

    On April 20, 2020, the LDEQ published a proposed revision to the State's hazardous waste and hazardous materials regulations. Proposed Rule HW128 seeks to repeal the definition of treatment in LAC 33:V.2203 (definitions applicable to prohibitions on »

  • Operating Permits Workgroup Meeting Key Takeaways  - 

    On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) hosted an Operating Permits Workgroup (OPW) Meeting. This meeting highlighted many updates that have either recently gone into effect or will go into effect in »

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

  • MassDEP 2019 TUR Plan Summary and Report Updated Deadline  - 

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has announced that it will treat as timely any TUR Plan Summary or Report submitted up to 120 days after the original July 1, 2020 deadline. The new »

  • MassDEP 2019 Toxic Use Reduction Plan Summary and Report Extension  - 

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has announced that it will treat as timely any TUR Plan Summary or Report submitted up to 90 days after the current State of Emergency is terminated. »

  • New England and US EPA COVID-19 Response  - 

    With updates pouring in every day regarding the novel coronavirus and government responses, we at Trinity Consultants are striving to bring you up-to-date and accurate agency information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New »

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Missouri

  • 2020 Annual Ongoing SO2 Data Requirements Rule Report  - 

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is accepting comments on the annual ongoing sulfur dioxide data requirements rule report through June 15, 2020, before submitting the report to EPA by July 1, 2020. The report documents actual »

  • Missouri Hazardous Waste Fee Increase Fails in Missouri General Assembly  - 

    Last year, the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission underwent an emergency fee increase process, proposing to temporarily raise hazardous waste fees to cover projected budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2022. On March 5, Senate Concurrent »

  • USEPA NPDES Compliance Initiative - Are You Submitting Your DMRs?  - 

    One of the USEPA's current national compliance initiatives targets a reduction in the rate of significant non-compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. Examples of significant non-compliance include both »

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Montana

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Nebraska

  • Update to Source Trial Policy  - 

    During the summer of 2019, NDEE and members of the Nebraska Industrial Council on Environment (NICE) formed a workgroup to discuss potential changes to NDEE's source trial policy. The source trial policy outlines the air permitting requirements for »

  • NDEE Work Schedule in Response to COVID 19  - 

    The Nebraska Department of Environment Energy (NDEE) staff have adopted the following work schedule in response to the call to minimize large gatherings in order to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).Split shifts are »

  • EPA Proposed Revisions to NE SIP and Title V Permits  - 

    EPA proposed a rule (85 FR 8240 (02/13/2020) to approve a revision to the Nebraska SIP and Title V operating permits program. The proposed rule removes a provision to clarify that construction permits are not vacated when an operating permit is »

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Nevada

  • Governor Sisolak Launches the New State of Nevada Climate Initiative  - 

    In November 2019, Governor Sisolak issued Executive Order (EO) 2019-22 calling for the development of a Nevada State Climate Strategy by December 2020. An interagency team created the Nevada Climate Initiative (NCI) to evaluate the alignment of »

  • Clark County DAQ Proposes Rule Changes  - 

    Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability, Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has proposed revisions to Clark County Air Quality Regulations (CCAQR) Sections 12.9, 13, and 14. The proposed changes are summarized as follows: table, »

  • NDEP Application Fees Increase July 1  - 

    The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection - Bureau of Air Pollution Control and Bureau of Air Quality Planning (Air Program) are implementing a new application fee schedule, effective July 1, 2020. Most permit application fees have changed, so »

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New Hampshire

  • Amendments to CO2 Trading Program and Repeal of CO2 Offset Projects under RGGI  - 

    The state of New Hampshire participates in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) with other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, which is a market-based program designed to reduce greenhouse gases. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental »

  • Amendments to Air Permit Application Forms  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published adopted amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1700: Permit Application Forms on January 14, 2020. The changes were effective January 6, 2020.All »

  • Proposed Amendments to Env-A 1700 Permit Application Forms  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1700: Permit Application Forms.The existing rules for permit applications are found in Env-A 1700, »

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New Jersey

  • NJDEP Compliance Advisory - Phase II Vapor Recovery Systems  - 

    On June 25, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued a compliance advisory regarding the upcoming deadline (December 23, 2020) to decommission most vacuum assist Phase II vapor recovery systems. Owners and operators »

  • NJDEP’s New Health RSW for Air Permit Applications  - 

    On July 1, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) released a new version of the Risk Screening Worksheet (RSW). The RSW is a first-level health risk screening tool that can be utilized by applicants if an air permit »

  • NJDEP Provides COVID-19 Air Quality Regulatory Compliance Guidance  - 

    Business as usual has been anything but “usual” in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past couple of weeks, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has issued Compliance and Enforcement Advisories providing some »

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New Mexico

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New York

  • New York Proposes Several Rule Changes  - 

    On April 29, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposed several changes to air permitting, compliance and reporting regulations. These proposed rules align with other rules proposed earlier this year and »

  • Solvent-based Cleaning Rule Revisions and New Requirements-Part 226  - 

    Using solvents to clean production and maintenance parts as well as equipment at facilities is common in nearly all industrial facilities. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued Part 226 of Title 6 CRR-NY several »

  • DID YOU KNOW? Your ''Lifetime'' New York Minor Air Facility Registration May Actually Expire!  - 

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has implemented a 10-year expiration on New York Minor Air Facility Registrations (AFR) and a revision to 6 CRR-NY 201-4.2. The impacts of this change are being felt across many »

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North Carolina

  • Exemption and Recordkeeping Updates to SC NOx Standard  - 

    On April 24, 2020, the recent amendments to South Carolina Regulation (R.) 61-62 became effective. Most notable are the amendments to R. 61-62.5, Standard No. 5.2, Control of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). With these amendments, the regulation now »

  • Does Your Facility Have a Pandemic Response and/or Preparedness Plan?  - 

    As offices begin to reopen and staff members are returning to the workplace, employers are prioritizing the health and safety of their employees, customers, supply chain, and the communities they serve. In order to promote health and safety while »

  • Boiler MACT Affected Sources Five-Year Tune-Up  - 

    If you operate existing units utilizing oxygen trim systems, limited-use units, or units equal to or less than 5 MMBtu/hr, 2020 is likely the required year to perform your five-year tune-up according to the requirements in 63.7540(a)(10):As »

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North Dakota

  • Compliance Requirements for Condensate Truck Loadout Emissions  - 

    On February 2, 2020, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) issued a memo summarizing the department's policy regarding whether a control device is needed for condensate truck loadout emissions. North Dakota Administrative Code »

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

  • Next Step for ACE Expected Next Month  - 

    On June 19, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), replacing the Clean Power Plan (CPP). ACE relies on efficiency improvement projects at power plants and the historic treatment of such »

  • EPA Multi-Sector General Permit Delayed, But Changes are Coming  - 

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has passed the expiration date for the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP), the national stormwater management program for industrial activities. The EPA has declared that the current program and »

  • Recently Proposed OAC Changes  - 

    The Air Quality Advisory Council (AQAC) recently held regular (June 17) and special (July 22) meetings to discuss OAC rule changes proposed by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for Title 252, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, and Chapter »

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Ontario

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

  • RIDEM Published Final Rule Amendments to Several Air Quality Regulations  - 

    On December 29, 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published final rule amendments to the Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICRs) related to control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs):250-RICR-120-05-0: General »

  • RIDEM Proposes Regulation for Climate Resilience Fund  - 

    On September 23, 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published proposed regulations to create a Climate Resilience Fund of $5,000,000. The funds will provide grants to Governmental and Non-profit entities for »

  • Proposed Revisions to the Rhode Island’s RACT SIP  - 

    The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published proposed revisions to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) with respect to reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and »

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South Carolina

  • Exemption and Recordkeeping Updates to SC NOx Standard  - 

    On April 24, 2020, the recent amendments to South Carolina Regulation (R.) 61-62 became effective. Most notable are the amendments to R. 61-62.5, Standard No. 5.2, Control of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). With these amendments, the regulation now »

  • Boiler MACT Affected Sources Five-Year Tune-Up  - 

    If you operate existing units utilizing oxygen trim systems, limited-use units, or units equal to or less than 5 MMBtu/hr, 2020 is likely the required year to perform your five-year tune-up according to the requirements in 63.7540(a)(10):As »

  • Does Your SPCC Plan Make the Grade? Lessons Learned from EPA Inspections  - 

    EPA conducted several compliance inspections in 2019 focused on the requirements of 40 CFR Part 112, Oil Pollution Prevention. Part 112 applies to facilities with aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons of oil, which is the »

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Tennessee

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Texas

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Utah

  • Public Hearing for Utah Air Permitting and Emission Inventory Requirements  - 

    UDAQ has proposed changes to air permitting and emission inventories rules in the past few months. A public hearing is scheduled for these rule revisions which are summarized below:R307-150. Emission Inventories. Rule revisions: Annual emission »

  • Inland Port Air Quality Monitors Installed  - 

    Utah's Inland Port consists of 16,000 acres of land in the northwest quadrant of the Salt Lake Valley which has been set aside to centralize transportation for receiving and distributing goods intended for national and international distribution.In »

  • PM2.5 Attainment Determination - Currently in Public Comment  - 

    U.S. EPA published UDAQ's Determination of Attainment by the December 31, 2019 attainment date for Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah for the 2006 24-Hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in the federal register (85 FR 350330). This »

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Vermont

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Virginia

  • Guidance on New Virginia UST Requirements  - 

    On June 22, 2020, revised guidance for Underground Storage Tank (UST) Requirements was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations. The guidance provides implementation policies for the regulatory requirements that must be implemented by »

  • Virginia DEQ Proposes Changes to Nonmetallic Mineral Processing General Permit  - 

    The public comment period is open for a new guidance document (APG-360) to formalize the use of the Nonmetallic Mineral Processing General Permit (NMMPGP). The NMMPGP is usable by minor sources whose only emission activities are crushing or grinding »

  • Virginia DEQ COVID 19 Updates  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released their response to COVID-19 on March 31, 2020.DEQ staff are currently working remotely and have temporarily suspended all field work, except emergency pollution response. Based on »

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Washington

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Washington, DC

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Wyoming

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